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Maine boatyards open to the public in August

Boatyards throughout Maine will open to the general public on two days in mid-August for tours, discussions and interviews.

Locals and visitors alike are invited to stop at participating yards during regular business hours Aug. 13-14 to get an insider's view of the craftsmanship involved in the boat construction and repair processes among Maine boatyards.

Open Boat Yard Days is produced annually by Maine Built Boats to promote the value and integrity of boats built in Maine.

The yards that are participating are Atlantic Boat Co., of Brooklin; Back Cove Yachts, of Rockland; Front Street Shipyard, of Belfast; Great Harbor Boatworks, of Southwest Harbor; Great Island Boat Yard, of Harpswell; The Hinckley Company, of Trenton and Southwest Harbor; John Williams Boat Co., of Hall Quarry; Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding, of Thomaston; Morris Yachts, of Bass Harbor; Portland Yacht Services, of Portland; and Sabre Yachts, of Casco. Additional yards likely will join the event.

"Maine boatbuilders are known worldwide for their superior capabilities and craftsmanship," Maine Built Boats president Jon Johansen said in a statement. "This is an opportunity for the public to meet the talented builders, ask questions about the processes and see the remarkable technologies they have in their shops."

Open Boat Yard Days is free to the public and no reservations are required to visit any of the yards.

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